Many of the reciepies are very fast. I had to put the pasta on before the Scampi it was so quick. I really like this cookbook! After purchasing the first cookbook and preparing consistently delicious meals from it, I had to have this one! Like most of us, I am extremely busy with three boys under 5 and a husband who works all the time. These dishes are quick and delicious and healthy - the Shrimp Scampi is DIVINE and took me 10 minutes to prepare Chicken. I only wish that that more of the reciepies were for smaller groups of people as it is a pain to have to recalculate everything. I finally started writing it right in the book.